Terry & Terry Architecture, a California firm started by Alexander and Ivan Terry, completed a mid-century ranch renovation back in 2011. The renovation took an existing home and added a single-story addition to the property in Menlo Park, California.
The addition, which includes two volumes, houses bedrooms and most of the main or shared spaces. The renovation, or original property, includes the music room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
The architects explain, “Conceived for a retired couple, the open and accessible design integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a well-lit domestic extension. Comprised of two floating volumes, the addition formally designates the bedroom to the west and the main (common) space to the east.” They further describe, “The two wings gradually diverge from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between.”
The separated bedroom portion of the home has direct access to the garden area.
The home is clad almost entirely in wood, with sporadic portions of concrete visible as well. The wood is utilized as both a façade and decking material. The material then flows inside of the home where it is featured on the walls, flooring and ceiling.
Timber is a material used in residential construction that is most synonymous with warmth. It is also a material that blends more easily into naturally dense surroundings.
Additionally, the front porch and driveway were renovated. The porch was reclad in hardwood, while a separated carport/storage was refurbished with a recycled epdm rubber skin. The roof extends to the carport, which is visible at the front of the property.
The architects also designed a wooden pathway to connect the existing structure with the addition. The property features lush landscaping which flows in between the gaps of the volumes. The oversized glass walls blur the lines between the interior and exterior, compounding the occupants’ relationship with the outdoors.
The Bal House was the recipient of various regional and national residential awards including the; 2012 Residential Architect Design Awards, 2013 Spark Design Awards, 2014 AIA San Mateo County Design Award and the 2015 AIA San Francisco Design Award.
photography courtesy of © Bruce Damonte
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